She’s a lawyer and asks that we don’t hold that against her. Here is the swing and the pitch:
I love food- plain and simple. From discovering new places in Dallas to trying new recipes in my own kitchen, my passion is food. Additionally, I love encouraging people to order outside of the box. While many people in Dallas consider themselves foodies, I believe there are an equal number who are intimidated by some of the items on restaurant menus. Food is an adventure- and I want to help others discover how great the journey can be! On Dallas Dish we would explore all that the DFW food scene has to offer, while also making seemingly unapproachable choices less intimidating. I want Dallas Dish to be a place for the inner foodie in everyone!
When I was little, my dad once told me that he always tried something different when he went to a restaurant. Since then, that has been my eating philosophy. My Mamaw is German, so my childhood afternoons were spent eating liverwurst sandwiches, schnitzel, spaetzle, and sausages- opening my palate to a new world. I grew up in northwest Louisiana, but have travelled to Ireland, England, Italy, Greece, France, and Mexico. I love fine dining at its best, but nothing beats an amazing hamburger or a dressed hot dog!
Let’s hear it for Nicole.17 Comments »
Today’s we meet Rebecca Combs, a 23-year old Dallas native who loves food and loves to cook. And she has a lot of fun in her kitchen. Check this out:
I want to make restaurant quality food at home but don’t really know how (not to mention I’m fairly clumsy and make mistakes!). We’ll go to all the top restaurants in Dallas, talk to the chefs, then I will try to re create a signature dish at home! However, I can’t do it all on my own. I will need an expert at the end to try my food and help me elevate to the next level so it’s Dallas restaurant ready! I am just a normal girl who wants to learn how to cook and I want my friends, family, and viewers to learn with me!
She’s got pizzazz! Let’s hear it for Rebecca.26 Comments »
You didn’t think Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood Market would ignore this challenge did you? Gotta hand it to him, he’s the hardest working man is the fish biz. Here’s his idea for a local show:
This is clearly demo-quality only,all first takes, and the video editing is mediocre at best. Audio gets out of whack for a few minutes and I have no idea how to fix it. Having said that, the concept for From The Shores Of The Trinity is to showcase great seafood in Dallas. We can get the freshest seafood in the world served to us in Dallas and the show will feature a great restaurant seafood dish each episode, then take the mystery out of cooking that same seafood at home. Dallas is not just a steak and potatoes town (anymore), we look forward to highlighting that! From the Shores of the Trinity would not be about TJ’s anymore than No Reservations is about Les Halles.
Put your fins together for Jon Alexis.
Jess and Tarin of Fullosophie, a gourmet ‘farm to fork’ food service in Dallas, don’t have a video, but they have an interesting website and pitch. Here goes:
We want to create a show “Dishing with Dallas.” The show would be ourselves meeting up with the biggest chefs/restaurateurs/foodies in Dallas, having them show us their top 3 picks around town for food/drink, and then go back to their restaurant/home where, over a few libations, they would show us how to make something they love. Throughout the course of the show we’d get them to ‘dish’ about themselves personally and professionally, allowing the viewer to get to know these ‘celebrities’ on a more personal level and seeing the Dallas food world from the eyes of the professionals. Cocktails, wine, and cute girls have a way of getting people to dish about topics they wouldn’t normally do and that makes for a dynamite television combination.
Let’s hear it for Jess and Tarin.10 Comments »
“Pho is the elixir of life,” says today’s contestant Brian Bui. Let’s get to it:
My name is Brian Bui, and I am submitting a video audition for SideDish TV.I have been cooking for 2 years now, and feel that I have a great, fresh perspective to add to SideDish TV, in addition to having industry insight and connections. I am highly interested in hosting a show, and have an idea for a segment called ”Meditations from a Cutting Board.” I have attached an article of the same name that I submitted to a friend’s zine that reflects my thinking.
Zine? Pour another cup of coffee and jump for Brian Bui.8 Comments »
Today marks day ten of my campaign to pursue Wick Allison to put SideDish on TV. I’ve put out a call to anyone interested in hosting their own show. So far, we’ve viewed five contenders. You can watch their audition tapes below the one I present now.
Meet Neysa Osborne:
Neysa Osborne, cookbook connoisseur and aspiring author, works by day as a Independent Corporate Insurance Broker. She grew up in small town Virginia as a high school athlete before attending a university in Tennessee and graduating with a double major in Health Science and Management. Neysa grew up living a ranching life style and as an adult has continued to surrounding herself with horses and cattle and ranching. Her passion for cooking leads her to seek out all of the newest and trendiest restaurants and find all of the latest kitchen tools and gadgets. In addition to cooking and reviewing cookbooks, traveling and golfing are favorite pastimes. Neysa is also in the process of starting a new foundation in honor of her niece, which will be called the Sheena V Foundation, to benefit childhood cancer research and indigent Native American Indians.
Let’s hear it for Neysa!
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Today, we introduce Nathan Brown. His tape was sent to me by his producer (impressive!), Kevin Huckabee. Here’s the swing and the pitch:
Hello Nancy, I’m Kevin Huckabee, producer for “Revisiting Dallas with Nathan Brown”. I have an interesting story. Last year, a good friend of mine named Nathan Brown and I put forth an effort to produce a series about re-defining Dallas by exploring the new culture of young restaurants, pubs, and businesses and departing from the old encrusted cowboy, southern stereotypes. The truth is,Dallas is the number two growing city to live and that is attributed to our acceptance of change and diversification. Please take a look at the treatment I put together for the show and if you like the idea lets take the necessary steps to get it off the ground as a program for the new D-TV concept. Thank you.
If you would like to star on SideDish on TV, email a bio and video clip. Now, put your hands together for Nathan Brown.6 Comments »
Last week, I started a campaign to get SideDish on TV. So far, That Sports Girl Gina Miller, has thrown in her two cents and we’ve published not one or two audition tapes for potential hosts, we’ve presented three!
Here’s a little background on our next potential star, Blaine Duhe.
Blaine Duhe’s culinary tale started in a home kitchen inSouth Louisiana. There, he served as a pint-size sous chef to his father, helping make gumbos, jambalayas, and all kinds of Cajun dishes. He eventually made his way into the restaurant industry as a new restaurant trainer for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, helping to open over twenty new locations nationwide. He has since moved on to the digital world of web design, but he continues to bring a practical, yet inventive approach to cooking in and dining out inDallas.
His idea for SideDish on TV:
My idea for a local cooking/food entertainment show called Everyday Eats. EE blends the typical cooking presentation with a look atDallas’ best restaurants for eating out. So whether you’re tuning in to learn how to make kale kimchi, or finding out the best things to order at Velvet Taco, Everyday Eats is your guide for eating well!
Put your hands (and fingers) together for Blaine Duhe!
Would you like to send in an audition tape? Check this link and email me.3 Comments »
Today our third audition tape comes from Meika Johnson. You may have seen Meika on TV before. She recently appeared on the Dallas edition of Bobby Flay’s new show Bobby’s Dinner Battle.
Let’s here it for Meika:
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I am super excited about the development of D-TV and even more excited for the opportunity to be a part of it. I am a true foodie. I love cooking, sharing recipes and taking pictures of foods. I put together this quick one minute video to show you my show idea. I’d love to share more with you, so please feel free to contact me if your are interested. I hope you like it.
These dudes have already produced a fun video on tacos in Dallas. Here’s their pitch:
The Show: Little at Large
Abstract: Dave Little goes around town, man on the street style, interviewing local celebrities, chefs, and musicians, etc. The idea is to show “real” Dallas culture from the perspective of somebody who is involved in actually making it happen – Dave. In between interviews would be profiles of new restaurants, local bars, as well as cool shops (like “We Are 1976” or “Again”). Dave would talk to the owners, insert some humor here and there, and get to the bottom of what makes these places successful – while spotlighting their owners. From the music perspective, he would go to anticipated concerts, interviewing fans and the artists, and do a backstage of the venue. Dave’s band, the Dave Little Meltdown, would do performance “briefs” from All Good Café interspersed between each segment. His songs are very, very funny, so that would add additional humor.
Here the pilot they shot on tacos in Dallas.
Bio’s of all below. Let’s hear it for Dave, Jason, and Jeff!
Dave Little – One of DFW’s most well-known comedians. Has toured nationally and is a regular at the Addison Improv. He also does the Dave Little Meltdown, with Dallas music luminaries Salim Nourallah, Chad Stockslager (King Bucks) and Trey Carmichael (Sorta), among others.
Jason Meyer – PR pro at Cooksey Communications. Works with lots of regional clients in issues management and the professional services industry. Industry experience? I did the opening of Grace Restaurant a few years back in Fort Worth.
Jeff Hays was one of the folks behind the Gordon Keith Show, and is a professional video guy… He’s the creative director of the spots.
Don Cento did the theme music and was a member of Chomsky, Shibboleth and his new project, El Cento. Put together the Bobby Patterson reunion gigs a few years back with Robert Wilonsky and Mike Snider.
First up for your consideration: Richard S. Pollack, president of the Press Club of North Texas. He also writes about food, wine, travel, entertainment, sports, and fashion. Richard is also known for TYPING IN ALL CAPS. Here is his pitch:
This is my audition tape for MAN VS FOOD NATION. It was my second attempt to eat the entire Kenny’s El Jefe Grande Hamburger. I won the contest by eating the most in one hour but didn’ t finish it! I was in the final 12 for the Man vs Food Nation. My one-hour show would start with my introduction of one of the top chefs in Dallas who brings me 5 pounds of his or her food to eat for my EAT ME segment. I could get a celebrity ( Modano,BJ Thomas, Badu) to join me and share the food with me while I interview them!
Let’s hear it for RICHARD!7 Comments »
Gina Miller is a mom, wife, sports anchor/ reporter (CBS News and TXA 21), television host (pre-and-post Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, and Ranger games), blogger, tweeter, Facebooker, YouTubette,Dallas native, nice person, and loyal reader of SideDish. Those of us who are lucky enough to know Gina refer to her as That Sports Girl, which is also her Twitter handle.
As soon as I posted my challenge to get SideDish on TV, the lovely sports anchor whipped out her laptop and, within minutes, came up with the following ideas. Imagine locking her in a room for an hour and getting her full attention. Here’s Gina:
Saw your SideDish TV post. There are SO many segments and entire 30-minute shows you can pitch. Here are a few topics that would make for really good TV(think VISUALLY compelling):
1. Where The Locals Eat – a neighborhood focused segment that profiles where, say, the Cliff Dwellers/Lakewood peeps/Parkies/North Dallasites love and are proud to call their own.
2. Where Local “Celebs” Eat – Polticos, athletes, actors, authors, newsies, etc.
3. Dives ofDallas- profiling the taquerias, Club Schmitzs, Korean Huts, etc.
4. The Most IconicDallasDishes
5. Where You Can get a Reservation – could be tough to translate to TV but NYMag (I believe) does a great feature, calling a popular spot at 5pm on a certain day to see if a party of 4 can get a table for that night.
6. Restaurants Worth Filling Up the Tank to Visit – out of town spots worth the drive.
7. Ballpark food – the good stuff (and bad) at JerryWorld, Ballpark, AAC,PizzaHutPark, etc.
8. The Next Big Thing – what place will be dying to get into next month?
9. Cocktail Hour – capitalizing on the whole mixology trend (is it over yet) and featuring the latest and greatest cocktail to hitDallas.
Thanks, That Sports Girl. I see a some good stuff. Too bad you can’t be That Food Girl! Anybody care to chime in?
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Wick Allison, D Magazine’s chairman and editor in chief, is in the process of developing a local television channel called D-TV. So far, he has refused to consider any type of local, food-related show. He’s out of town this week so I’m gonna run his show.
If you have an idea for a food show, leave it below. If you would like to star in your own idea for a food-related TV show, get out your smart phone, hit video, upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube, and email the link to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. State your name, show idea, and then pitch the hell out of it. Please keep your ramblings to a minute or less. Use props, friends, dogs, food, whatever you want, but keep it (reasonably) clean.
This is not a joke. This is a genuine call to arms. Each audition tape will be posted on SideDish and sent to our D-TV producer, Janice Tomlin. Note to Wick: Don’t ever tell me I can’t have something. Come on y’all, kick up some sass. Send ASAP. Will run them through next Friday…2 Comments »
I’ve known Wick Allison, the editor in chief and owner of D Magazine, since 1974AD. He’s an intelligent man in so many ways. However he doesn’t know bupkis about bagels, baba ganoush, or Bordeaux. He is a culinary ignoramus. Wick’s idea of a perfect meal is a tuna sandwich with extra mayonnaise on toast, served with fries. No wonder he’s been satisfied with my food writing for 16 years. It’s the only section in the magazine that is over his head.
Yesterday I wrote a post urging you to help me get SideDish on TV. We (I) have a great opportunity to create as many food-related shows on KTXD — soon to be D-TV – as we (I) can get developed. However, Wick claims he’s not interested and because he isn’t interested, you aren’t. I sent him a link to my post. He didn’t reply directly but he told his assistant to tell me that he “isn’t a foodie” and doesn’t know the first thing about “foodie talent.”
How could such a entrepreneurial thinker be so brainless about food programming? Food Channel? Food Network? Bobby Flay Eats Dry Toast? Wick would never miss a chance to cash in.
Suspicious, I snuck into Wick’s office last night to search for ammunition. And there between the version of The Bible he edited and the current issue of The American Conservative, I uncovered the mother lode. Tuna sandwich and fries, my sass. Wick is a freakin’ closet foodie, and I found the pictures to prove it. He travels the world and eats and drinks with all of the major players.
What do you say now, Wickster? Fried shrimp with Paula Deen and the Pope? Barbecued ribs with Ronald Reagan and Padma? How long before I find more evidence of your secret epicurean adventures? Give SideDish a show, or I’ll give you one you’ll never live down.6 Comments »